The girls at Brighton Based Sustainable Blog, Revival Collective, recently invited me to share the beginnings of The Hunt over on their site.
Wearing only Charity Shop Clothes & Vintage, here's the full version:
The beginning of my journey into writing thehuntcontinues.com actually starts +10 years ago, with two people.
The first, Mr Marjot.
My GCSE Geography teacher, whose classes would regularly run quickly from tectonic plates to empowering speeches about how we could be the change. It was the first time I recognised politics and the planet interplayed - and he was the first person to instill within me the realization that if I was eager to see change, I could actually do something about it.
The second person? My mother in law.
Who’s journey to overcoming breast cancer 8 years ago led to a complete diet overhaul & conversion to a plant based diet wayyyy before "deliciously ella" made it cool.
She was laughed off by doctors who encouraged heavy duty drugs & hardcore chemo, but felt strongly through books such as the plant programme by Jane Plant & research into diets that took a zero stance on processed food, would aid her in overcoming breast cancer. And it did.
Fast-forward two years and I was struggling with endometriosis - so applied a similar diet tactic to this disease with immediate results on pain prevention.
It seemed the more I learnt about how the body responded to natural foods, the more I understood that what we must put on our body surely applied in the same way to what we placed in our body.
It certainly wasn't an overnight conversion, and slowly you get to learn what foods / chemicals / companies to avoid instead of avidly studying every label - but researching beautiful new products that have interesting sustainable ideas has become a well-loved past-time, not a chore.
As a stylist for my day-job I'm always using my eye to fit together something in the most visually pleasing way, so I find it genuinely exciting when I find a small company which is not just playing it's part ethically but nailing the visuals as well.
For me, that's what thehuntcontinues.com has to be - I created it because I struggled to find aspirational bloggers on Instagram that were relatable to my style - so I took a leaf out of Mr Marjot's book - and decided if I wanted to see it, I had to be it.
I wanted to remain authentic to my individual style, on thehuntcontinues.com, in celebrating vintage, secondhand and chem-free cosmetics whilst genuinely believing the eco-warrior-hippie-hearted gal doesn't have to embody the preaching, freakshow "sideshow bob" stereotype.
I sort of want thehuntcontinues.com to be an anti-blog, you're not going to see "the latest trends" from High Street Stores, but it's heart is to inspire others to consider small changes - whether you're already all in, or just stopping by.
There's a place for you here.